In Celebration of Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day, SEers! Today’s post will be brief, as you’re likely unwinding with family and friends, at least those of you in the States. For our friends elsewhere, I hope your day is equally enjoyable.

Although this holiday inspires thoughts of plump hot dogs and juicy hamburgers on the grill, let’s not forget it was originally envisioned as a time to reflect on those who gave their lives in the service of our country.

In memory of many, in honor of all.”
What a powerful message in so few words!

honor guard of man holding American flag

Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery. Our nation was struggling to heal after the Civil War, and by “decorating” the graves of the fallen with flowers, it was a way to honor those who had perished and keep their memories alive. It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became an official federal holiday.

May your time be blessed with family, friends, and fun. We are eternally grateful and indebted to those who lost their lives in the service of our country—and to those who protect us today—so that we may enjoy such freedoms. Wishing all of you a safe and treasured holiday.

34 thoughts on “In Celebration of Memorial Day

  1. Sorry I’m a little late to the party, but this is a great reminder of what our forebears, and maybe those not so far back on the family tree, gave for their country. Our country. May we all work to preserve the freedoms we’ve achieved. Happy belated Memorial Day!

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  2. A small Memorial Day parade goes down our street, in front of our house, every year. People line the sidewalks. The American Legion always passes out flags and marches in it. A nice way to start the official holiday.

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  3. Well said, Mae! We are a free nation only because, throughout our history, brave men and women have risked everything to protect our country. May we always remember them, and honor them for their sacrifices.

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  4. Excellent post, Mae. Thanks for the historical background which always puts the present in a clearer perspective. Have a peaceful and happy day.

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  5. as long as it isn’t only about the juice hamburgers or another official holiday to be ticked off the calendar, as long as people, especially young ones are taught that they live free now due to the sacrifice of brave men and women in history, it is great!
    Let the memory of those no longer in the world of the living be honored and kept alive! May their souls rest in eternal peace!

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